May 14, 2014

Expand your ice cream horizons with these unique flavorsClassic ice cream flavors like chocolate, vanilla and strawberry will certainly never go out of style, but there are other variations of ice cream that deserve some time in the spotlight as well. There are a few ice cream joints in Austin that are stepping out the box when it comes to flavors of this favorite dairy treat. Forget everything you knew about traditional ice cream and immerse your taste buds in a new and exciting experience with any of these flavors:

This exotic fruit has found its way into ice cream at Cow Tipping Creamery. This ice cream shop uses simple soft serve ice cream as the base for its creations, which is part of what makes the treats so tasty. This shop’s goal was to put a sophisticated spin on soft serve by combining it with out-of-the-box flavors. In its signature cone known as “The Shag,” the chefs combine your choice of soft serve ice cream with pomegranate molasses, sweet lemon Vietnamese curry and curried toasted coconut for a truly unique blend of flavors. Pomegranate isn’t the only exotic ingredient being used – customers can also get a taste of champagne marshmallows, honey dust, crushed tea biscuits and toasted black sesame. A Texas culinary arts school can help you create your very own unique flavors of ice cream.

Olive oil and rosemary
Cool Haus combines two desserts that are simply meant to go together: cookies and ice cream. This establishment’s fresh ingredients and unique flavors help set it apart from other shops. Try adding a scoop of olive oil and rosemary ice cream to your favorite cookie for the ultimate Italian treat. It may not be a conventional ice cream flavor, but the taste is both refreshing and fruity. In the mood for something richer? Try the fried chicken and waffles ice cream that consists of brown butter maple ice cream, maple candied chicken skins and caramelized waffles. Even Cool Haus’ cookies come with creative ingredients. Take the potato chip and butterscotch cookie for example – bite into a brown sugar cookie complete with butterscotch bits and kettle-cooked potato chips for the perfect salty and sweet combination.

Roasted beets and fresh mint
You wouldn’t think that beets and mint go together well, but according to the chefs at Lick, this combination can’t be beat. Customers at this establishment can ask for a few scoops of roasted beets and fresh mint ice cream, which comes with a clean, crisp flavor and has undertones of slightly sweet beets. Employees at Lick use only pure, whole ingredients for their ice cream. The milk, cream and other ingreients come directly from local dairy farms. Just like the roasted beets and fresh mint ice cream, much of Lick’s menu items are inspired by nature as well as seasonal offerings around Austin.

Cubano coffee
If you’re in the mood for a scoop of fresh, creamy, gluten-free and vegan-friendly ice cream, head to Sweet Ritual. This shop’s Cubano coffee flavor is a popular option – it’s made with fresh coffee and some cinnamon for a dash of spice. Customers can also choose from eight other flavors and enjoy their ice cream with homemade sauces and gluten-free waffle cones.